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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

On May 9, 2019, members of the Rothkoff Law team including Jerry Rothkoff, Bryan Adler, Roxanne Crowley, Kaitlin Dirxx, and Chelsea Ganssle traveled to Washington, DC to attend the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s sixth annual National Voices of Medicare Summit and Senator Jay Rockefeller Lecture at the Kaiser Family Foundation.  The theme of the day […]

Effective in April 2019, the federal government has revised its ratings system for all nursing homes.  The changes include revisions to the nursing home inspection process, adding new quality measures to its ratings system, and further enhancing details about facilities’ staffing numbers. On the latter, officials say they are dropping the number of days SNFs […]

In October 2018, my wife and I, along with our children attended an art reception sponsored by Artz Philadelphia in which all art on exhibit was made by individuals with dementia living in nursing homes throughout the Philadelphia area. It was a moving experience for my family and I to listen to those with Alzheimer’s […]

During the 2016 Presidential campaign, a major issue effecting virtually all American families was noticeably absent from the debate – long-term care coverage.  Hopefully, that is about to change heading into the 2020 Presidential campaign.  Senator Bernie Sanders and his Democratic colleagues in the House  have included a long-term care benefit as part of the […]

The Food and Drug Administration last week warned 12 sellers of dietary supplements to stop claiming their products can cure diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to cancer to diabetes.  The FDA is concerned that consumers are receiving false messages about the curative effects of dietary supplements. Supplement Makers Touting Cures for Alzheimer’s and Other Diseases Get […]

MyMobility Plan

February 4, 2019 Blog, Elder Care

MyMobility Plan, a new tool from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can help seniors and their families think about and plan for their future mobility and independence when driving a car is no longer an option. MyMobilityPlan

Last week, you may have read Prince Philip, the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, overturned his Land Rover in a car crash on a rural road north of London.  He was unhurt; two women in an oncoming minivan suffered scrapes and a broken wrist. It is not known exactly what happened or […]

New Jersey’s “Safe Care Cam” program has recently lead to the filing of abuse charges against a private caretaker allegedly caught on hidden camera assaulting 90-year-old Woman residing in a Bergen County assisted living facility. The Safe Care Cam program is designed to address New Jersey’s growing concerns about elder abuse, a fear being fueled […]

The Rothkoff Law Group is beginning our 20th year advocating for seniors and those with disabilities. When I first entered the field of elder law, I cannot say I had a particular fondness for the elderly. Rather, nearly twenty years ago, I envisioned elder law as a means to make a living in an area […]

As today’s article in the Philadelphia Inquirer details, traditional long-term care insurance policies are in disfavor.  The primary factor is due to unexpected substantial increases in insurance premiums. As a result, it is incumbent upon both the public and private sectors to be innovative in offering alternatives to traditional LTC insurance.  The State of Minnesota […]

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2019:• Basic Part B premium: $135.50/month (was $134.00 in 2018)• Part B deductible: $185 ($183.00 in 2018)• Part A deductible: $1,364 (was $1,340 in 2018)• Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $341/day (was $335 in 2018); Co-paymentfor […]

Nursing Home in Illinois Failed To Adequately Address Sexual Activity Between Cognitively Impaired Residents – Lessons to be Learned An Illinois nursing home was ordered to pay an $83,800 civil monetary penalty after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found the facility had failed to adequately address sexual activity between three residents with dementia […]

Thank you to all our clients and their families who attending our Client Appreciation Event at the Franklin Institute on Sunday.  It was so wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves with their families.   While in the special Viking exhibit on Sunday, one of our clients was with his wife who was in a wheelchair, and […]